Harriet Pollatsek

Office: 
Clapp 419 
Telephone: 
4135382162 (dept. office) 
Fax: 
4135383035 
Email: 
hpollats *AT* mtholyoke *DOT* edu 
Courses
 Math 311, Abstract Algebra (fall 2013) Text: Contemporary Abstract Algebra, 6th ed., by J. Gallian, HoughtonMifflin.
 Math 319, Topics in Algebra: Lie groups (spring 2010) Text: Lie Groups: A ProblemOriented Introduction via Matrix Groups. (See errata below.)
Recent publications and papers  research
 Permutationally invariant codes for quantum error correction,
with Mary
Beth Ruskai, Linear Algebra and its Applications 392 (2004), pp. 255288;
preprint
available at http://arxiv.org/abs/quantph/0304153.
 Looking for difference sets in groups with dihedral images, with
Emily
Moore, Designs, Codes and Cryptography, 28 (2003), pp.4550.
 Quantum error correction: classic group theory meets a
quantum
challenge, Am. Math. Monthly, vol. 108 (2001), pp. 932962.
 Ruling out (160, 54, 18) difference sets in some nonabelian
groups,
with
Jason Alexander, Rajilakshmi Balasubramanian, Jeremy Martin, Kimberly
Monahan
and Rubina Sen, Journal of Combinatorial Designs, vol. 8
(2000),
pp. 221231.
 Difference sets in groups of order 4p^4, in Groups,
Difference Sets
and the Monster, edited by K.T. Arasu et al, Walter de
Gruyter,
Berlin and New York, 1996.
 Looking for difference sets when G = D_10 X (Z_2)^3 or G/N = Z_5
X Z_5,
with Alexander, Balasubramanian, Martin, Monahan and Sen, 1995. [See
REU
1994 below]
Recent publications and papers  curriculum and teaching
 Difference Sets: Connecting algebra, combinatorics and geometry (with Emily Moore), AMS Student Mathematical Library #67, 2013.
 Lie Groups: A ProblemOriented Introduction via Matrix Groups, MAA Textbooks, Mathematical Association of America, 2009. (errata)
 Undergraduate Programs and Courses in the Mathematical
Sciences:
CUPM
Curriculum Guide 2004, a report by the Committee on the
Undergraduate
Program in Mathematics of the Mathematical Association of America,
written
with William Barker, David Bressoud, Susanna Epp, Susan Ganter and Bill
Haver, MAA 2004.
 Laboratories in Mathematical Experimentation: A Bridge to
Higher
Mathematics,
Springer, New York, 1997. (Projects for a sophomore course in
mathematical
investigation; written by the mathematicians and statisticians of the
Department
of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Mount Holyoke College)
 Do we need prerequisites? (with Donal O'Shea), Notices of
the
American
Mathematical Society, May 1997.
 Calculus in Context (with James Callahan, et al), W.H.
Freeman,
1995.
 Rates of Change: Modelling Population and Resources (with Eva
Paus),
Sloan
New Liberal Arts Monograph, 1992.
 Case Studies in Quantitative Reasoning (with Robert Schwartz),
Sloan New
Liberal Arts Extended Syllabus, 1990.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Projects
 Difference sets in nonabelian groups (1994):
Jason
Alexander '95 (Lewis and Clark College), Rajalakshmi Balasubramanian
'96
(Mount Holyoke College), Jeremy L. Martin '96 (Harvard University),
Kimberly
Monahan '95 (College of the Holy Cross), Ashna Rubina Sen '96 (Mount
Holyoke
College).
 Difference sets (2000)  the
parameters
(288, 42, 6) and (96, 20, 4): Juliana Belding '01 (Bryn Mawr
College),
Elizabeth G. Carver '01 (Georgia Southern University), Umut Gursel '01
(Mount Holyoke College), Peter O. Johnston '01 (Colorado College),
Richard
Lassow '01 (St. Olaf College), Jenna Nichols '01 (Mount Holyoke
College),
Laura Steuble '01 (Mount Holyoke College).
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